Applying Socio-Technical Systems Design: Open Systems Theory and Practice in a Digital World

5 EPISODES   |  LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

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Series Overview

Organizational theory and practice have been evolving for over 80 years. Its scientific base is in general systems theory, and specifically open systems theory which describes/includes living systems. Systems engineering and computer science are, likewise, derived from the science of general systems theory. The most popular organizational trends today stem from these theoretical roots – socio-technical organization design, agile development and practice, and digital platform organization design.

This workshop presents the open systems model, its core architecture and principles, and how it’s being used in the most innovative applications of innovative organization design today. In addition, the course has a focus on the role of the organization practitioner in the facilitation of design choices and operating model. What we offer is an “applied open-system thinking” framework. It is therefore both historical / conceptual and practical applied to our current world.

Who should join us

  • Those interested in designing the future of work/organizations and how to best bring this forward

  • Next generation of organization designers

  • Internal and external consultants (Organization Development and Organization Design)

  • Those attracted to systems thinking and eco-system design

  • Those doing Dev/Ops, Digital Transformation, Agile & Scrum, Lean & 6 Sigma, and Network and System Design

  • Managers and leaders on the front lines of organizations and ecosystems

All episodes details

EPISODE 1

The evolution of Open Systems Theory and Practice: from SocioTechnical System, to Agile Development, to Digital Platform Design.

What is STS and how is it “reframed” in the 21st century. The roots and history with lots of how does it translate/apply to today. The organization as an open system: theory and principles and finding the right balance between efficiency and adaption – ambidexterity.

In this session we will set the foundation for all four modules and discuss pre and post work for each episode.

DATE: 01 July 2020
TIME: 17:00 – 19:00 CEST
FORMAT: COURSE
PRICE: €9 + VAT
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
TOTAL SEATS: 24
YOU WILL USE: ZOOM, MIRO, GOOGLE DOCS

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EPISODE 2

Adaptive Work Systems and Agile Work Systems

To show the gradual shift from hierarchy to networks, and how networks are designed for performance. One of the questions for this session is: what replaces hierarchy? Overview of model and functionality of AWS (Adaptive Work Systems) and Agile (Balanced Optimization Model).

Episode 2 shares case examples (Global Pandemic, Migration from the Middle East and Africa to Europe, Migration from Central America to the US, European Electrical Grid) and looks at applications of STS thinking to implications for current and near future reality.

DATE: 08 July 2020
TIME: 17:00 – 19:00 CEST
FORMAT: COURSE
PRICE: €29 + VAT
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
TOTAL SEATS: 24
YOU WILL USE: ZOOM, MIRO, GOOGLE DOCS

EPISODE 3

Digital socio-technical design (including ecosystem design)

To define digital socio-technical design: structure, processes, how it works. This is about the future and possibilities, what could a STS applied world of the future look like. Building on lessons from the 1st two modules. The case here is the pandemic and its implications and outcomes, near term and 20 years out.

DATE: 15 July 2020
TIME: 17:00 – 19:00 CEST
FORMAT: COURSE
PRICE: €29 + VAT
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
TOTAL SEATS: 24
YOU WILL USE: ZOOM, MIRO, GOOGLE DOCS

EPISODE 4

Organization design consulting: Applications in the new world

For participants to understand that design is driven from strategic and customer data, not a faddish model. “An aha moment that creates a new story, a new pattern of connections in your brain. Once you have had an insight, you cannot go back to the old way of thinking.”

This session is the “Insight – Action” session, so to speak. During this module we really focus on how to bring STS to today’s current realities and apply.

DATE: 22 July 2020
TIME: 17:00 – 19:00 CEST
FORMAT: COURSE
PRICE: €29 + VAT
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
TOTAL SEATS: 24
YOU WILL USE: ZOOM, MIRO, GOOGLE DOCS

EPISODE 5

Moving Toward Action

A way forward, expressed with clarity, preferably as a story. This “capstone session” focuses on applying STS to your situations/clients; Integrating STS with other professional frameworks (it is not an either-or, but a both-and); and, STS as applied research. 

DATE: 29 July 2020
TIME: 17:00 – 19:00 CEST
FORMAT: COURSE
PRICE: €29 + VAT
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
TOTAL SEATS: 24
YOU WILL USE: ZOOM, MIRO, GOOGLE DOCS

What participants say

I am learning tremendously from the presentations, I want to hear even more from Paul, Pete and Stu, we are just scratching the surface! and the discussions are very interesting too because of the range of experiences and perspectives.
I've enjoyed all the episodes attended so far. Each one builds on the next, but could be attended individually and still make sense. The facilitators work well together and Emanuele's hosting is excellent. There's also lots of audience participation, plus the topics discussed are relevant and practical

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